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MONDAY, OCTOBER 29, 1877 (p. 97).
Mr. Bland moved that the rules be suspended, so as to enable him to introduce, and the House to pass, a bill to authorize the coinage of a dollar of 4121 grains silver standard, and for other purposes.
Mr. Sampson made the point of order that, under the resolution sub. mitted by Mr. Durham and adopted by the House, the call of States for resolutions was now in order.
The Speaker overruled the poiut of order.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 1877 (pp. 115, 116). Mr. Potter, as a question of privilege, submitted the following resolu. tion, viz:
Resolved, That when the House adjourns tomorrow it adjourn to meet upon Tuesday next, and that when it then meets no husiness shall be in order but a motion to tben adjourn to the following Thursday.
Mr. Burchard made the point of order that the latter portion of the resolution required unanimous consent for its present consideration.
The Speaker sustained the point of order, and Mr. Potter thereupon modified the resolution to read as follows, viz:
Resolved, That when the House adjourns to-morrow it adjourn to meet on Tuesday next.
Debate arising, Mr. Pridemore made the point of order that the resolution was not debatable.
The Speaker sustained the point of order.
The question then being on the adoption of the resolution, the same was rejected.
Mr. Ellsworth, at 2 o'clock and 15 minutes p. m., moved that the House adjourn ; which motion was not agreed to.
Mr. Springer made the point of order, that unless a motion be made to proceed to the regular order, the question before the House was the bill of the House (H. R. 805) reported from the Committee on Banking and Currency by Mr. Ewing
The Speaker overruled the point of order, on the ground that the morning hour was limited to sixty minutes, and that the bill pamed had taken its place in the morning hour and could not be taken out except by unanimous consent.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 1877 (p. 121).
The Speaker announced as the business dext in order, the unfinished business of yesterday's morning hour, viz, the bill of the House (A. R. 805) to repeal the third section of the act entitled “An act to provide for the resumption of specie payments," the pending question being the motion of Mr. Ewing to recommit the bill to the Committee on Banking and Currency.
Mr. Couger made the point of order that this being private-bill day the said bill could not be considered, and moved that the House resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole House
The Speaker overruled the point of order, on the ground that there was no private calendar and that the unfinished business of the previous morning hour was first in order.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 1877, (p. 159.) Mr. Whitthorne, from the Committee on Naval Affairs, reported the following resolution, viz:
Resolved, That the Committee on Naval Affairs be, and they are hereby, instructed to make a thorough investigation into the matters of deficiency, and the diversion of appropriations from the special objects to which they were applied by law and the expenditure of them for other and different objects, as mentioned by the Secretary of the Navy in his report to the President of the United States of date October 9, 1877 ; with power upon the part of said committee to send for persons and papers, examine witnesses if necessary, and with leave to report by bill or otherwise.
Mr. Frye made the point of order that the House not having referred any measure, bill, petition, or resolution to the Committee on Naval Affairs for an investigation, as proposed by the foregoing resolution, it was not competent for the committee to report the same at this time.
The Speaker pro tempore (Mr. Sayler) sustained the point of order on the ground that the resolution was not a “measure” within the meaning of Rule 89.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 1877, (pp. 222, 223.) Mr. Mills, by unanimous consent, submitted the following resolution , viz:
Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be, and they are hereby, directed to inquire into and report to this House the strength of the cavalry and infantry regiments of the United States Army, how many cavalry and how many infantry regiments are employed on the Texas frontier, the number aud character of the troops employed there, the condition and military management of the frontier, and what additional military forces are needed to protect the people of Texas from Mexican raiders.
Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be, and they are hereby, instructed to inquire into
1. The total number of general, staff, field, and line officers, non-commissioned officers, musicians, artificers, wagoners, and other enlisted men and employés in all branches of the Army on the 1st day of July, the 1st day of September, and the 1st day of November, 1877, respectively, and where, how, and in what service such officers and men have been employed during the present fiscal year.
2. The number and rank of officers on the retired list.
3. The number and rank of all officers on the active list who are unassigned and the reason why they are so unassigned, the number and rank of officers on the active list physically unfit for the proper discharge of their duties by reason of age, disease, or other disability, and the number and rank of all officers upon leave of absence during the present fiscal year, and the length of such leave in each case.
4. The condition of affairs on the frontier of the State of Texas, the num. ber and character of the troops in the Department of Texas, the conduct of military operations in that department, and what, if any, additional military protection ought to be provided for the people on that frontier against Indian and Mexican marauders.
5. The number and location of all military headquarters, forts, and posts, the annual cost of maintaining each of them, and the necessity therefor.
6. The practicability and expediency of reducing, consolidating, or other. wise changing the present organization of the Army with a view to promoting its efficiency and reducing its cost.
And the committee is authorized to send for persons and papers, and may report by bill or otherwise. · Mr. Conger and Mr. Hale, respectively, made the points of order that the amendment proposed by Mr. Banning could only be submitted by unanimous consent, and that the unaniinous consent given Mr. Mills to submit a resolution related to that exclusively.
The Speaker ruled that the resolution being before the House, by unanimous consent, was open to amendment under the rales of the House.
Mr. Mills made the further point of order that the proposed amend. ment was not in order, not being germane to the proposition before the
The Speaker sustained the point of order that the proposed amendment was not in order, on the ground that the same was already pending before the House, and therefore was, under Rule 48, not in order.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 1877 (p. 233).
The regular order being demanded, the Speaker announced as the regular order of business the bill of the House (H. R. 805) to repeal the third section of the act entitled "An act to provide for the resuinption of specie payments," under the order of the House of the 5th instant.
Pending which, Mr. Swann moved that the House resolve itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for the further consideration of the joint resolution (H. Res. 48) in relation to the international industrial exposition to be held in Paris in 1878.
Mr. Buckner made the point of order that the motion was not in order, the said joint resolution not being one of the regular appropria. tion bills exempted by the resolution making the bill of the House No. 805 (resumption repeal) a special order.
The Speaker overruled the point of order, on the ground that the language of the said resolution was, “not to interfere with any appropriation bills,” and as the said joint resolution was clearly " an appropriation bill," it was exempted from the restrictive terms of the said resolution.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 1877 (p. 278). Mr. Crittenden moved that the rules be suspended, so as to enable him to submit and the House to agree to the following resolution, viz:
(For resolution see p. 278.) Nr. Conger made the point of order that a motion to suspend the rules was not in order until after the session of to-day, the present not being one of the six days within which, under Rule 145, it is competent to move to suspend the rules.
The Speaker overruled the point of order and held the motion to be in order.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1877 (p. 290.)
Mr. Mills moved that the rules be suspended, so as to enable him to submit and tbe House to agree to the following resolution, viz:
Resolved, That the Committee of Ways and Means be instructed to 80 revise the tariff as to make it purely and solely a tariff for revenue, and not for protecting one class of citizens by plundering another. Mr. Mills demanded the yeas and nays; which were ordered: Yeas, 27; nays, 56. Mr. John H. Baker made the point of order that a quorum had not voted on the said demand.
The Speaker overruled the point of order, on the ground that a quorum was not necessary to order the yeas and nays.
Mr. Clymer, at 2 o'clock and 25 minutes p. m., moved that the House adjourn ; which motion was not agreed to.
Mr. Olymer moved to reconsider the vote by which the yeas and nays were ordered.
Mr. Burchard made the point of order that it was not in order to have the yeas and nays on a motion to reconsider the vote by which the yeas and nays were ordered.
The Speaker overruled the point of order, on the ground that the motion to reconsider could be made on any motion, whether carried in the affirmative or negative, except tbe motion to adjourn; and that, if carried in the affirmative, the question would immediately recur on ordering the yeas and nays, and, if then ordered by one-fifth of the members voting, a further motion to reconsider that vote would not be in order.
SAME DAY (p. 291.)
Mr. Wood moved that the House take a recess until 10 o'clock a. m. Monday.
Mr. Mills made the point of order that the said motion was not in order.
The Speaker sustained the point of order, on the ground that a motion to take a recess was not in order, pending a motion to suspend the rules.